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PIPs disability benefit delay unlawful, says High Court

<b>A delay in paying welfare benefits to two disabled people was unlawful, the High Court has ruled.</b><p>Delays of at least nine months for Personal Independence Payments (PIPs) for these "most vulnerable" of people were unreasonable, a judge ruled.<p>But the court ruled the pair's human rights were not …

This British bill of rights could end the UK | Philippe Sands

The Tories’ plans would leave some people in the United Kingdom with more rights than others. This is clearly untenable<p>David Cameron has given Michael Gove the task of scrapping the Human Rights Act and curtailing the role of the European court of human rights. Gove, the new justice secretary, is …

Election 2015: Who will be in charge on Friday?

What happens if there is not an outright winner in Thursday's election?<p>Someone still has to be in charge, while discussions and deals are hammered out behind the scenes.<p>Here is Newsnight's cartoon version of what happens the day after - and the rules in place about who can squat in Downing Street.

Election 2015: How parties would reform Parliament

<b>The thorny problem of parliamentary reform does not have voters pounding to the polling station - but it arguably provided some of the most closely-fought battles in the last Parliament.</b><p>And it could do in the next.<p>The Parliament of 2010-15 saw an attempt by the Liberal Democrats to reform the House …

As a German, I’m amazed at this election. You obsess over selfies but ignore big issues like Europe

Billboards. Where are the billboards? Come election time in Germany, politicians’ faces are everywhere, smiling down on you from billboards, hanging from lamp-posts – really! – and often adorned with little Hitler moustaches or blacked-out teeth by people who think that’s a witty contribution to …

Everyone Is Ignoring One of Labour's Most Important Promises

So far during this election campaign, debates on issues like the economy, the NHS or immigration have been impossible to avoid. In contrast, …

Tony Blair

Muslim women should be allowed to wear the veil in court, top judge suggests

Lord Neuberger, the President of the Supreme Court, says that judges should show respect toward different cultures<p>Judges should allow Muslim women to appear in court wearing a full-face veil, Britain’s most senior judge has suggested.<p>Lord Neuberger, the President of the Supreme Court, said it was …

Labour’s focus on cutting the deficit means progressive voters will have to look elsewhere for inspiration<p>Labour’s 1983 manifesto is widely known as the longest suicide note in history. Its 2015 manifesto is the longest till receipt in history. It is costed and funded, ordered and itemised, and …

General Election 2015 Manifestos Have Just Tiny Mentions Of Digital Issues?

<i>Beyond The Ballot is The Huffington Post UK's alternative take on the General Election, taking on the issues too awkward for Westminster. It focuses</i> …

Elections

Beyond The Ballot | HuffPost UK

Policing

General Election Right To Buy Pledge Would Face Legal Challenge, Housing Association Warns

The Tories' headache over extending 'right to buy' worsened as a housing association warned it would take legal action if it were forced to sell its …

Housing

When will broadcasters challenge Ed Balls on his porkies about his deficit plans?

At Coffee House, we occasionally criticise George Osborne for stretching the truth when describing the deficit — but when it comes to hoodwinking broadcasters and deceiving voters, Ed Balls is the master. Three times on the radio today he lied about Labour’s plans, saying that he intends to have …

Bid to change Speaker rules defeated amid emotional scenes

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/politics/1155000/1155656_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524613990_9f35344501ca54e06c02afcc13e85a1a<p><b>A government bid to change the rules on electing Commons speakers - seen by Labour as an attempt to oust John Bercow - has been defeated.</b><p>Mr Bercow …

Prince Charles letters to be released after Supreme Court ruling

<b>The Supreme Court says letters by Prince Charles to the government can be published, after a Guardian campaign.</b><p>The UK's highest court was asked to judge whether the Attorney General's office acted unlawfully when it prevented their publication in 2012.<p>The newspaper sought disclosure of the letters, …

PMQs: Miliband jumps straight into Cameron’s final trap

In the final PMQs of this session, David Cameron scored his most comprehensive victory. Challenged by Ed Miliband to rule out raising VAT, Cameron got to his feet and simply said ‘yes’. At that point, Miliband’s fox was shot. Cameron then moved from defence to attack, repeatedly challenging …

MPs criticise 'lack of EU debate'

<b>The government's "failure" to let MPs debate EU legislation is "deplorable", a Parliamentary committee says.</b><p>The European Scrutiny Committee said ministers had refused to schedule debates on issues such as free movement and the EU's Budget.<p>It also said BBC coverage of EU matters should be "improved …

General Election 2015: SNP 'could block Tory government'

<b>The SNP would block a minority Conservative government by voting down its Queen's Speech if it held the post-election balance of power, its former leader Alex Salmond has said.</b><p>Mr Salmond said the move could bring down the government if Labour joined in, with David Cameron "locked out".<p>The …

Exclusive: Tories agree to TV debate offer

Downing Street has agreed to an offer from the broadcasters for one seven-way election debate on 2 April. The Tories felt that it was close enough to their final offer of one multi-party debate in the week starting 23 March to be acceptable. However, Labour has yet to agree. A Labour source said, …

Nicola Sturgeon: UK 'needs an overhaul'

<b>The SNP could help overhaul the UK's "crumbling" institutions, Scotland's first minister has said.</b><p>Nicola Sturgeon told students at the London School of Economics that her party could work to bring "positive change across the UK".<p>Recent polls have led to speculation that the SNP could hold the …

Scrapping the 1998 Human Rights Act: what would it mean?

Scrapping the 1998 Human Rights Act introduced by Labour does not mean that British courts would no longer have to apply the European convention on human rights.<p>British citizens would still be able to take cases to the European court of human rights, and its case law and the principles of the …

From the Human Rights Act to a Bill of Rights?

Proposals for a British Bill of Rights have come from across the political spectrum. The various plans would have very different consequences<p>The …

Rights & Freedoms

You’ll regret not having a Human Rights Act when Labour get back in

It’s bad being bossed about from Strasbourg. But the risks of the alternative are worse<p>I’ve been thinking about the Conservative party’s proposal for a Bill of Rights and am finding it difficult to make up my mind. On the one hand, I like the idea of making the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom …

Rights & Freedoms

Opinion: The ECHR is a “British Bill of Rights”

Following the cabinet reshuffle earlier this month, the push from within the Conservatives to repeal the Human Rights Act and remove the UK from the …

End of an era as Lords loses Lloyd George link

<b>There will be something missing when the new parliament meets in May. The imminent retirement of crossbench peer Viscount Tenby will remove a direct link with David Lloyd George.</b><p>The third Viscount Tenby, who is 87, is taking advantage of a new law that allows members of the House of Lords to retire …

9 in 10 French people agree a free press is a 'fundamental' principle

Following the Charlie Hebdo attacks, the French public express almost unanimous committment to freedom of the press – though the government remains …

Home education clampdown 'an infringement of civil liberties'

Parents could be banned from educating children at home in a move branded a "very bad day for civil liberties".<p>For the first time, local councils will have the power to enter family homes and question young children, under new plans.<p>They will also be able to order under-16s to school if there are …

The European Arrest Warrant would compromise Britons’ civil liberties

Anyone who values civil liberties should oppose opting in to the European Arrest Warrant.<p>SIR – You <b>report</b> that Parliament is debating whether to opt in to the European Arrest Warrant (EAW). We are told that one reason for opting in is that it will make the job of the police across Europe easier.<p>I …

Boris Johnson: I am not bothered with civil liberties stuff for terror suspects

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, says that the authorities must know where terror suspects are and what they are saying<p>Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, has said security services should be able to monitor the emails and phone calls of anyone who poses a threat to Britain as he is "not …

Human Rights Act factcheck

There has been very little public education about the rights and freedoms contained in our Human Rights Act, and how it works. As a result, many …

Civil Liberties

<b>What are Civil Liberties?</b><p>Civil liberties are basic rights and freedoms granted to citizens of a country through national common or statute law.<p>They …